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Tinubu Commemorates Democracy Day, Honors Abiola and Other Democratic Heroes

President Bola Tinubu honored the legacy of Chief Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, and other key figures who fought for Nigeria’s democracy. Among those celebrated were General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Pa Alfred Rewane, Chief Anthony Enahoro, and Commodore Dan Suleiman.

 

President Tinubu acknowledged the immense sacrifices made by numerous individuals in the struggle for democracy. He emphasized the contributions of leaders like Chief Abraham Adesanya, Chief Arthur Nwankwo, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, and Chief Bola Ige. Tinubu’s tribute extended to those who endured exile, including General Alani Akinrinade and Prof Wole Soyinka, and activists such as Olisa Agbakoba and Femi Falana, who continued the fight from within Nigeria.

 

Highlighting the importance of safeguarding Nigeria’s democratic achievements, Tinubu urged citizens to remain vigilant against those who seek to undermine the nation’s democratic institutions. He stressed that democracy, despite its complexities, remains the most effective form of governance and called on Nigerians to support its preservation.

 

Addressing the current economic hardships, President Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to necessary reforms aimed at stabilizing the economy. He acknowledged the difficulties these reforms have caused but underscored their importance for long-term economic health and equitable growth. Tinubu also announced plans to submit an executive bill to the National Assembly to formalize the agreements reached in minimum wage negotiations.

 

Tinubu praised the pivotal role of the media in Nigeria’s democratic journey, recognizing the courage of journalists and media outlets like The PUNCH, The Guardian, and TELL Magazines, which stood firm against military dictatorship. He lauded their contribution to the nation’s democratic victory and ongoing commitment to free speech and civil liberties.

 

Reaffirming his dedication to both political and economic democracy, Tinubu encouraged Nigerians to continue striving for a nation where no one is oppressed. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead during this critical period in Nigeria’s history and vowed to protect the rights and freedoms of all citizens.

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